Hans von Seeckt

1866 - 1936

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Johannes "Hans" Friedrich Leopold von Seeckt (22 April 1866 – 27 December 1936) was a German military officer who served as Chief of Staff to August von Mackensen and was a central figure in planning the victories Mackensen achieved for Germany in the east during the First World War. During the years of the Weimar Republic he was chief of staff for the Reichswehr from 1919 to 1920 and commander in chief of the German Army from 1920 until he resigned in October 1926. During this period he engaged in the reorganization of the army and laid the foundation for the doctrine, tactics, organization, and training of the German army. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans von Seeckt has received more than 614,637 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Hans von Seeckt is the 231st most popular military personnel (up from 243rd in 2019), the 564th most popular biography from Germany (down from 560th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular German Military Personnel.

Hans von seeckt was a German general and military theorist. He is most famous for his work in rebuilding the German army after World War I, and for his work in developing the blitzkrieg tactic.

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Among military personnels, Hans von Seeckt ranks 231 out of 2,058Before him are Alfred von Tirpitz, Gertrude Bell, Walther von Reichenau, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Sun Bin, and Wilhelm Mohnke. After him are Gotthard Heinrici, Tōgō Heihachirō, Amr ibn al-As, Otto Carius, Lysander, and Maurice Gamelin.

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Among people born in 1866, Hans von Seeckt ranks 13Before him are Antoine Meillet, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Alfred Werner, Benedetto Croce, Giovanni Agnelli, and Aby Warburg. After him are Aleksandr Ulyanov, Charles Nicolle, Ferruccio Busoni, Jacinto Benavente, Beatrix Potter, and Lev Shestov. Among people deceased in 1936, Hans von Seeckt ranks 26Before him are G. K. Chesterton, Premchand, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Louis Blériot, Buenaventura Durruti, and Ottorino Respighi. After him are Karl Kraus, Charles Nicolle, Andrija Mohorovičić, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, Róbert Bárány, and Moritz Schlick.

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Among people born in Germany, Hans von Seeckt ranks 564 out of 7,253Before him are Walther von Reichenau (1884), Albert the Bear (1100), Albert, King of Sweden (1340), Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Johann Georg Faust (1480), and Gerd Binnig (1947). After him are Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), Otto Carius (1922), Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743), Johannes Rau (1931), Franz Boas (1858), and Erich Kästner (1899).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Hans von Seeckt ranks 53Before him are Friedrich Olbricht (1888), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Wilhelm List (1880), Kurt Student (1890), Walther von Reichenau (1884), and Wilhelm Mohnke (1911). After him are Otto Carius (1922), Karl Wolff (1900), Otto Günsche (1917), Erich Hoepner (1886), Hasso von Manteuffel (1897), and Hans-Joachim Marseille (1919).